Raise your hand if you saw this one coming.
After the boo birds rained down last night (Sat., Feb. 4, 2012) at the Mandalay Bay Events Center after the judges awarded Carlos Condit a controversial unanimous decision victory over Nick Diaz at UFC 143 and crowned him the interim Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion, it was kind of hard not to.
After five rounds of pressing the action, Diaz was comfortable believing he had the fight wrapped up. But after the final bell rang and the judge's scorecards were tallied, it was determined Condit was the one who did enough to earn the nod.
Fight Metric reports would seem to back that up.
Along with winning the interim title, Condit also earned the right to face the 170-pound kingpin Georges St. Pierre, once he is deemed fit to return to action after rehabbing from knee surgery. However, should the French-Canadian's be out longer than expected, a rematch between Diaz and Condit certainly isn't far fetched.
Speaking at the UFC 143 post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White talked about a potential rematch between the two scrappy welterweights.
"I know (Georges. St. Pierre) wanted that Diaz fight bad, but it's not going to be Diaz so he better get angry with Carlos Condit or focus on Carlos Condit or whatever he needs to do. Carlos Condit won this fight. No matter how much Georges and Nick hate each other, Carlos Condit won, and I think the fans are mad at the way Carlos Condit fought. Too f*cking bad. He came in with a game plan and stuck to it and won. You know what's funny man, is that when he said that, I was thinking the same thing. It's crazy, but. I was thinking it after the fight. You know, people are bitching and thinking it was close or whatever, we can do that fight again before GSP comes back. It depends on Carlos too, he's really gotta say, and Nick's gotta say I want to fight him again too."
If the rematch does go down, it won't be a first for the world's largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion.
After Lyoto Machida defended his UFC light heavyweight title against Mauricio Rua at UFC 104 in a very controversial decision, UFC officials immediately made a rematch between the two at UFC 113. "Shogun" made sure the second fight didn't go to the judges by knocking out "The Dragon" in the very first round to capture the title.
At UFC 112, B.J. Penn lost his 155-pound belt to Frankie Edgar in a very close fight. Officials once again ordered an immediate rematch at UFC 118, which saw "The Answer" yet again defeated "The Prodigy" via decision.
With Georges St. Pierre's return not expected until November of this year, it would mean a nine month wait for Condit. That's a long time to be on the shelf.
What do you say Maniacs, would the offer of a rematch with Condit be enough for Diaz to end his retirement talk? Should a rematch even be considered?